The perfume industry is currently worth around $40 billion per annum and almost 100% of this industry is synthetic due to mass demand for daily consumption and low prices. There is however an emerging trend of choosing natural perfume over synthetic perfumes and here’s 6 reasons why you should too:
1. For Your Information
Did you know that conventional perfume companies are not required to divulge their ingredient list to the consumer. For centuries these lists have been considered ‘trade secrets’ and as such brands have been able to hide a multitude of potentially health and environmentally harming ingredients. As 21st century consumers, we understand that knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your daily habits and your health.
2. For your skin
Natural perfumes do not include added pesticides, chemicals or toxins, all of which have can have an array of damaging health effects including skin sensitivity, eczema, dermatitis and destruction of the ever important skin barrier. With over 60% of people reporting skin sensitivity, this is a growing concern for the healthcare community.
3. For your sensitivities
Ever been around someone and felt overwhelmed by the perfume or cologne they are wearing? Many people can experience not only overwhelm, but significant physical symptoms when they are exposed to synthetic perfumes, parfums and fragrances. These compounds can trigger abnormal symptoms and sensitivities like headaches, migraines, nausea, skin irritation, itching, rash, asthma and upper respiratory irritation like wheezing, coughing, sneezing and runny nose. Some people may still have a sensitivity or allergy to the natural essential oils in natural perfume, however this is rare & usually mild compared to the side-effects of synthetic perfumes.
4. For your hormones
It is now well known that a vast majority of synthetic perfumes contain endocrine- disrupting chemicals including parabens & phthalates amongst others. These chemicals mimic the effects of oestrogen and other hormones and can have detrimental effects on male and female reproduction, breast development and cancer, prostate cancer, neuroendocrinology, thyroid function, metabolism and obesity, and cardiovascular health. Making the switch to natural perfume means you are removing a potentially daily dose of these nasty disruptors, without having to withgo a beautiful daily scent & experience.
5. For the animals
Ingredients often used in synthetic perfumes like musk or phthalates have traditionally been linked to animal cruelty both in the extraction and testing processes. Natural perfumes do not usually use any animal products or undergo animal testing, so they not only give you a delicious scent to enjoy all day long, they also give you a warm fuzzy feeling that you aren’t harming the animals or the planet.
6. For your sensesNatural perfumes are designed to create a sensual experience reminiscent of nature. Natural perfumes have the ability to meld with the skin’s own natural oils and scent, enhancing our own personal scent. Synthetic perfumes & fragrances tend to mask our natural scent rather than complimenting it- thus removing us further from our natural self & the natural world around us.
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